Cal on Cousins: I absolutely love him.

He is learning. That is what we are supposed to do with young children and in most cases get them to change how they think, how they act.

How is DeMarcus Cousins playing?

Calipari: "First of all, I absolutely love him. I told him 10 years from now if I need a kidney, he will be the first in line. I also know he still has a long way to go. He is in the best shape of life, but has to get better. That is why he is not playing the minutes he wants to play or I want him to play. That is why he gets in foul trouble.

"He is working on his body language. In certain situations, he still has to learn how to present himself. All he knows is to frown or be said. In front of a camera, he is as good as (NBA analyst) Charles Barkley. He's just as quick and is very intelligent and bright. He is learning how to act and behave, but I love him."

What about the bad reputation he developed in high school?

Calipari: "Would you admit he brought some of that on himself? That is what he is learning. What I am saying is you are one of the great kids I have ever coached and you should be perceived that way. He is learning. That is what we are supposed to do with young children and in most cases get them to change how they think, how they act. That is our job. They are diamonds in the rough. He is truly a diamond in the rough. People did not realize how good we was. I do.

His hands and feet and skill with basketball, he wants be point guard because he knows he has that skill.

"If we get him in better shape by the end of year and we keep his emotions in check, and he has done an unbelievable job considering every team is grabbing him and giving him forearm shivers. If he does those things, he will have as big an impact on college basketball as anybody."


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